“If we merged mercy with might, and might with right, then love becomes our legacy, and change our children's birthright…
When day comes, we step out of the shade of flame and unafraid, the new dawn balloons, as we free it.
For there was always light. If only we're brave enough to see it.
If only we're brave enough to be it.”
- Amanda Gorman, Poet
I love these powerful words and reminders. One of my favorite notes I write to my own children on their lunch napkins is “Be a Light Today!” As this is a good reminder for them, it is always a reminder to me as well. What can I do today that will be a Light for God? As the poem above states, we know that the Light of God has always been and will always be - it is our job to look for it and reflect it.
If you’re familiar with TikTok, you may have seen a lot of crazy challenges going around – some funny, some not so funny. If you need a laugh, look up “Tiktok sparkling water burp.” I laughed so hard I cried! But this got me thinking, I should challenge myself – don’t worry, not to chug sparkling water! This week, I am giving myself a “Be the Light” Challenge. I will share it here and if you are up for it – feel free to join me! Let’s challenge one another to “Be the Light!” Feel free to use these ideas or come up with your own!
Day 1 – Leave a nice note for someone you don’t know
Examples: sticky note in a library book or sticky note on a shelf at the store
Day 2 – Share with others today
Examples: go through books, clothes, or toys to donate, share with a brother or sister, take your neighbor a cookie
Day 3 – Pick up trash
Examples: In your neighborhood, at school, around the office, at the store
Day 4 – Leave a nice note for someone you do know
Examples: someone in your family, someone in our church family, an old friend
Day 5 – Give at least 5 Compliments
Examples: your friends, coworkers, teachers, coaches, family
There’s a wonderful children’s book that I love called Ordinary Mary’s Extraordinary Deed. This book talks about one regular little girl who makes the choice to do something that seems very small, but kind for someone else. This encourages that person to do something for someone else, and so on. It keeps going until it makes it all the way back to Mary! If you have kids, you should read it with them!
But I think this is just as true for us as adults. In a world that feels overwhelming and like we just can’t even begin to make a difference, I encourage us to press on. It doesn’t have to be big or extraordinary, but let’s “Be the Light!”
“In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
- Matthew 5:16